More Brown Recluse, and Chigger bites because of the heat? Always feared being bitten by a Brown Recluse spider. Never thought much about Chiggers. Today I am nursing a Recluse bite, and suffering from multiple (50 +) Chigger bites. The only thing I am doing different? I am having to wear short pants and short sleeve shirts, because of the heat. This is what I learned: Get to a doctor or ER ASAP after a Recluse bite. I got there withing 24 hrs. The quicker you lance/remove some of the poison, and start taking antibiotics, the less damage done. BTW the bite is a single puncture (looks like a small pimple after about 8 hrs), and will not itch like any other bite. It will hurt more, and feel like you have a knot under the skin the size of a large quarter, and growing. Do not know if repellent failed or not, because I do not know when or where the spider came from. Chiggers can be repelled by insect repellent (DEET) Although they must be able to crawl on it to the untreated areas. My leg, arms, neck, and face where treated. I have bites in the crotch waist (many right around the belt area - could not get mast the tight belt), and upper arms/shoulders. The itching is intensive, and cortisone cream does not work. A hot bath, soap/I used Head and Shoulders shampoo - seems to work better. Try to scrub the areas - not too ruff - with a towel or sponge. Chiggers are microscopic/cant see them. They will attach to the skin and feed on the protein, by liquefying it. No need for a doctor on this one, unless you scratch too much and get an infection.